Dear LRG Community,
As of today I just completed my 246 M.U.S.C.L.E Mattel basic flesh set (this includes the Satan Cross, Board Game figures & Ring Figures).
My gateway drug into Kinnikuman collecting was purchasing the DVD/Kinkeshi reissue set last year + a trip to Japan.
I then decided to do my research and remembered the Mattel line from when I was a kid.
Thus the madness began!
It was a great feeling getting that last #153 Claw in the mail today!
The last 46 figures I acquired/needed was due to the help of the LRG community.
So new collectors once you get to that point of missing those last few figures just ask!
I will admit I am not the most patient person when it comes to waiting to find those missing figures I needed (to each his own); so I got them when I found them etc
It took me almost 1 year to complete my set (7 months to be more accurate since I took a break from actively searching because I was consumed by trying to complete my Kinnikuman Deka collection).
It didn’t cost more than a grand to complete my set but it was definitely not less than $500; It was around $800.
I am not sure if that’s standard but I ended up buying giant lots; what killed me was the international shipping from the U.S to Germany or Canada to Germany, otherwise I think it would have been significantly less (probably $400-500).
I did get lucky in not having a lot of doubles and getting a Satan Cross in a lot.
I have a total of about 90 Flesh doubles + some colors which I placed in 8 empty M.U.S.C.L.E trash cans; so they have not gone to waste!
The left over 10 Flesh figures I traded more or less (the color doubles I will in time also put up for trade)
I dream of a master set but am not holding my breath (I did acquire a lot of colors though in those lots).
For now I will try to collect the next colors one at a time starting with Magenta (missing about 135).
I get distracted with the Japanese Kinkeshi line and in general vintage kinnikuman stuff.
In case anyone is wondering I use nail polish acrylic stands for my collection (you can probably find them on ebay or a nail salon).
The stair cases come in different widths and heights (I prefer the 5 rows and often buy the 46 cm in width and 22 to 23 cm in width stands; it all depends on the length of your shelves etc).
They are a life saver when it comes to optimizing space! The 2 biggest enemies of any collector are space & money.
So far a very rewarding and fun collecting experience!
Edited by kayfabe1985, 30 December 2017 - 01:40 PM.